win1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 249 posts, RR: 2 Posted (1 year 2 months 8 hours ago) and read 5382 times:
Hello and welcome to my 5th trip report.
The trip was a weekend getaway and I decided to travel to Amsterdam from Bristol as I have never been to the Netherlands before. This would be my second trip with KLM, the first one was on BKK-TPE-BKK over 8 years ago. I hope you enjoy reading.
Arrived at Bristol Airport at around 4:20 am for a 6:15 am flight.
lots of empty counters at this time
Then I went to use the self service kiosk to print my boarding pass then to the counter to drop my bag.
Easyjet seems to be doing very well
Then I proceeded to security check, which was quick, took around 5 minutes. Post security hall was not so busy at the time.
Airport lounge, which I didn't have the privilege to use
For pre-flight breakfast, I went to Burger King
We waited for the announcement of the boarding gate. KL crew walked by.
Off I went to gate 10
Staff at the gate was particularly friendly. Its always good to have this impression before the flight. However, I was later told that I wasn't allowed to take any pictures of the airplane. I was the last person to board the aircraft and was warmly welcomed by a crew. The flight has two female attendants.
The weather outside was not so great
Pre-flight cabin view
There was one person in Business Class
Not bad at all leg room. The flight was only around 40% full and I had the seat next to me free. The configuration was 2-3. and I was on the 3 and had the seat next to me free.
Extensive Skyteam network
Then breakfast was served along with drinks which I went for coffee and water
The flight time was announced to be around 55 minutes. Before descending, the caption said that due to heavy traffic at AMS, the plane would be circling for a moment, and we would be landing at 8:30am, which was 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
Cabin crew preparing the cabin for landing
Descending to Amsterdam
After a rather long taxi, the aircraft was parked. Some cabin pictures
Then travelled to the terminal by bus
Passport control was quick and so was the waiting time at the baggage belt
Then I was taxied to the hotel
I was surprised that our hotel room was already prepared given that we arrived at the hotel around 9:30am.
From hotel, I travelled to the airport by Metro to Central station and by train to the airport.
Airport is quite busy this time (around 7:20pm)
Check-in and baggage drop off were done using machines. I asked KLM staff that I had problems with entering my Flying Blue membership in my flight and asked for help. Then I was told to contact the service counter who helped me with the request and also checked my baggage. Didn't get to use the baggage drop off machine.
Passport control took around 5 minutes. Departure hall after passport check
My sibling's BA flight to London Gatwick was delayed for 1:45 hours, so he go a 6.50 EUR food voucher for it, which we went to a noodle bar and used it there
Arrived at the boarding which was a bus gate
Security screening was done at the entrance of the gate D6
Boarding commenced on time and I was on the second bus to the airplane
Took off was around 20 minutes behind schedule
A very full flight in Economy Class. But no Business Class passengers
Leg room. My seat is row 10 is one row in front of emergency exit which means it cannot be reclined.
Then drinks and refreshment were served. An option of sweet or salty snacks were offered. Naturally I went for the sweet one
The plane landed at around 9:35pm which was 15 minutes behind schedule.
Then came the bus, but its not for us
Disembarking the plane
After deplaning, it was a long walk to passport control, nonetheless immigration formality didn't take long, only around 10 minutes. My bag was already on the belt when I got there.
Overall, I had good flights with KLM. The plane was very clean, staff very friendly, and flights were more-or-less on time. Food offerings were appropriate for the time of the flight. Amsterdam is a great city, and it seems I have to find times to come back as there are places I have yet to visit on this weekend trip. Thank you for reading. As ever, all comments/suggestions are very appreciated.
Hi Emalad, I am so glad you enjoyed reading it! I also found KL to be really good!
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 2): Very good report and your pictures are really clear and sharp.
Good that you got a good sized sandwich on the outbound compared to that small oat bar on the return. Nice to catch the F70 too.
Thanks Lee! The sandwich was indeed a good sized breakfast and the snack on the return flight was adequate enough for a 9:30pm departure flight. It was my first time flying on the Fokker 70 which was very nice indeed.
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4140 times:
Great trip report. Lots of nice pics both in the air and on the ground. I've never been inside but Schipol looks like a really nice airport. Nice photos of the Dutch train too. KLM looks like a solid airline from the pics, maybe on a par with British Airways for intra-european flights (or maybe Air France too). Hope you had a good time in Amsterdam. I've been to Eindhoven with Ryanair and loved it.
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 8): My god! I had thought it was originally night when I saw your pictures, but now I see it is just extremely early in the morning. What an anti-sociable hour of the day!
hahaha, it was indeed very early! But for 37 GBP on the outbound flight, it was worth it!!!
Quoting Ps76 (Reply 9): Great trip report. Lots of nice pics both in the air and on the ground. I've never been inside but Schipol looks like a really nice airport. Nice photos of the Dutch train too. KLM looks like a solid airline from the pics, maybe on a par with British Airways for intra-european flights (or maybe Air France too). Hope you had a good time in Amsterdam. I've been to Eindhoven with Ryanair and loved it.
Thanks Pierre! I think KLM is indeed a solid airline with great service. I had a very nice time in Amsterdam, it was amazing! Thanks again.